Dr C.V. Ananda Bose pitches for youth in UN

The United Nations should induct youngsters at its top leadership and set an example to the world which is seeing a surge in the percentage of youth population, bureaucrat-orator-writer Dr C.V. Ananda Bose said at a convention of the international body.

With the world currently having the highest-ever youth population of 1.8 billion (between 10 and 24 years of age), there should be a UN Commission for Youth, he said while taking part in a ten-day UN conclave in connection with the 70th anniversary of the Economic and Social Council in New York. Such a wing will serve as a “watchdog of the perceptions, perspectives, aspirations and vision” of the youth.

“The younger generation has a right to lead themselves to the future,” said the administrator who pioneered path-breaking innovations in rural development, affordable housing, eco-tourism, public grievance redressal, women’s empowerment and promotion of art and culture. “The old leading the young is an unacceptable paradigm. The youth are not creatures of the past or custodians of the present; they are creators of the future.”

The conference was inaugurated over video by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presented the report on sustainable development goals. Ministers and permanent representatives from 150 countries participated in the event along with representatives of the civil society.

Dr. Bose, a UN expert on housing and member of the governing council of UN Habitat, is a recipient of the ‘Global Best Practice’ selection of the UN five times. He is currently the Chairman of Central Warehousing Corporation and Central Railside Warehousing Company.

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